ChievoVerona 2
0 Inter

4 (2nd half) Birsa, 36 (2nd half) Birsa

referee Massimiliano Irrati / linesmen Manganelli, Pegorin / 4th man Gava / assistants Guida, Ghersin
Serie A TIM — matchday 1 — Marcantonio Bentegodi - Verona, — 21 August 2016 20:45

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1st half / 2nd half

45' / Eder's strike deflects off the wall but there's no time for the corner. It's 0-0 at the half-time interval
44' / Eder battling with Radovanonic on the right. The Nerazzurri are eventually awarded a free-kick 20 yards out
39' / Chance for Chievo, Castro releases Meggiorini who charges into the box and shoots narrowly wide
33' / Candreva tries his luck from distance but puts it the wrong side of Sorrentino's post
31' / Birsa takes a free-kick from 20 yards for home side but can't get it past the wall
29' / D'Ambrosio is booked for a foul on Hetemaj in midfield
25' / The game has become bogged down in midfield with both sides struggling to create goalscoring chances
17' / Chance! Banega swings the corner in and it falls to D'Ambrosio. His effort is blocked and then Sorrentino denies Ranocchia on the follow-up
16' / Daisy-cutter from Eder! Icardi wins the ball back and it's played through to the Italy striker. Sorrentino gets his glove on the shot
11' / Kondogbia opens up from the edge of the area and it's deflected behind for a corner
9' / Medel spreads it wide to Candreva who controls and looks for Icardi in the box but it's too far for the skipper
4' / Meggiorini ends up on the deck after a tackle from Ranocchia on the 18-yard line. No infringement says the ref
1' / Mauro Icardi takes the kick-off and we're off!
1' / The teams are out on the turf at the Bentegodi. The Nerazzurri kick off Serie A TIM 2016/17 away against Chievo Verona. Good luck guys!
49' / The Nerazzurri are back in action on Sunday 28 August when Palermo make the trip to the San Siro
48' / Brozovic tries with his head but luck isn't on our side tonight. That's the final chance of the match as the ref calls time
45' / There will be four minutes of injury time
45' / Kondogbia beats a couple of men but mishits the shot from distance and it flies way over
42' / Kondogbia booked for a foul on Rigoni. Handanovic gets a good hand to the following free kick and it's a Chievo corner
38' / Nerazzurri with another effort, this time through Palacio. His header is guided to safety by Sorrentino
36' / Birsa doubles Chievo's lead with a superb strike from outside the area
34' / Brozovic is booked for dissent
32' / Both Medel and Radovanovic are next in the ref's book
30' / De Boer makes his final change, sending on Palacio in place of Eder. Meggiorini makes way for Pellissier for the home side as well
27' / Meggiorini is shown a yellow for a wild challenge on D'Ambrosio
25' / Brozovic comes on for Banega
21' / Banega puts in a great free-kick from the right side of the box, Miranda nods it on Ranocchia can't reach for a tap-in
16' / Chievo also shuffle their pack, cramp forces Castro off the pitch and Rigoni takes his place
16' / Perisic is on for Candreva in De Boer's first sub of the game
14' / Icardi runs onto a through-ball and attempts a first-time cross. He earns a corner, which Miranda then heads over
9' / Birsa threatens again, his left-footed effort is blocked by Ranocchia
5' / Good response from Inter: Sorrentino can't grab Nagatomo's cross and Candreva tries with a volley but it's cleared
4' / Chievo score: Meggiorini at the heart of a Gialloblu counter finds Cacciatore to lays it off for Birsa to finish
1' / No changes to either side as the second half begins

total votes 916

Ranocchia 2.8373
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Nagatomo 3.4463
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Palacio 4.4477
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Handanovic 3.7109
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Icardi 3.2461
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D'Ambrosio 3.2913
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Medel 3.6415
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Brozovic 3.5103
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Kondogbia 3.9877
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Miranda 4.2849
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Perisic 4.7264
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Eder 3.7132
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Banega 4.3687
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Candreva 3.6832
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8

draws

3

defeats

4

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Statistics

4 shots on target 3
8 shots off target 10
15 fouls committed 13
8 corners 4
1 offsides 0
33% ball possession 67%

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VERONA – Inter slipped to a 2-0 defeat away against Chievo Verona in the opening game of 2016/17, the club's 108th season in the Italian top flight. 

Coming up against one of Serie A's notoriously tricky opponents, the Nerazzurri couldn't hand new coach Frank de Boer victory on his league debut as Rolando Maran's Chievo took all the points thanks to a second-half brace from Valter Birsa.

De Boer opted to line his players up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Mauro Icardi up top on his own; Eder, Ever Banega and Antonio Candreva behind him; Gary Medel and Geoffrey Kondogbia in the middle protecting a back four of Danilo D'Ambrosio, Joao Miranda, Andrea Ranocchia and Yuto Nagatomo.

There were alarm bells early on for Inter as Ranocchia lost the ball on the edge of his own area, forcing the Italian defender into a last-ditch tackle on Riccardo Meggiorini that the referee deemed just about legal.

The Nerazzurri's best chances in the first half came within the space of a few seconds of each other. In the 16th minute, Chievo Verona goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino showed sharp reflexes to get down to a low drive from Eder, turning it around his post. From the corner that followed, both Icardi and Ranocchia had bites at the cherry but neither could convert.

From a tactical point of view, De Boer's men were looking flexible with the defenders often shifting to three at the back, Nagatomo and Candreva coming into defensive midfield, Banega operating centrally with the other midfielders and Eder and Icardi working as a pair in attack.

The first half was an even contest as both sides struggled to exert any lasting dominance. That all changed shortly at the beginning of the second 45, however, as Chievo got themselves into the lead four minutes after the restart. Birsa surged down the right before looking to set Roberto Inglese up. The young striker instead chose to return the favour, leaving Birsa to neatly finish past Samir Handanovic.

A raft of changes saw Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic and Rodrigo Palacio all come on, but the Nerazzurri couldn't find the equaliser despite coming close on a number of occasions.

Birsa sealed a Gialloblu victory in the 79th minute with a fine finish from outside the area that left Handanovic helpless.

The Nerazzurri thus begin Serie A 2016/17 on a poor note and will have to get immediately back to work in order to put things right ahead of Palermo's visit to San Siro on Sunday 28 August.

Chievo 2-0 Inter (HT 0-0)
Scorers:
Birsa 49, 79.

CHIEVO: 70 Sorrentino; 29 Cacciatore, 3 Dainelli, 12 Cesar, 18 Gobbi; 19 Castro (4 Rigoni, 61), 8 Radovanovic, 56 Hetemaj; 23 Birsa (27 Parigini, 85); 45 Inglese, 69 Meggiorini (31 Pellissier, 76).
Subs not used: 90 Seculin, 32 Bressan, 2 Spolli, 5 Gamberini, 20 Sardo, 21 Frey, 27 Parigini, 36 Costa, 95 Jallow, 97 De Paoli.
Coach: Rolando Maran.

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 25 Miranda, 13 Ranocchia, 55 Nagatomo; 17 Medel, 7 Kondogbia; 87 Candreva (44 Perisic, 60), 19 Banega (77 Brozovic, 70), 23 Eder (8 Palacio, 75); 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 5 Melo, 10 Jovetic, 11 Biabiany, 18 Erkin, 21 Santon, 27 Gnoukouri, 94 Yao.
Coach: Frank de Boer.

Yellow cards: D'Ambrosio 29, Meggiorini 73, Medel 78, Radovanovic 78, Brozovic 79, Kondogbia 87.

Added time: 1+4 minutes.

Referee: Massimiliano Irrati.
Assistants: Lorenzo Manganelli, Valerio Pegorin.
Fourth official: Omar Gava.

 

ChievoVerona vs Inter

starting lineups

Sorrentino 70 1 Handanovic
Cacciatore 29 33 D'Ambrosio
Dainelli 3 25 Miranda
Cesar 12 13 Ranocchia
Gobbi 18 55 Nagatomo
Castro 19 17 Medel
Radovanovic 8 7 Kondogbia
Hetemaj 56 87 Candreva
Birsa 23 19 Banega
Inglese 45 23 Eder
Meggiorini 69 9 Icardi

substitutes

Bressan 32 30 Carrizo
Seculin 90 46 Berni
Spolli 2 5 Melo
Rigoni 4 8 Palacio
Gamberini 5 10 Jovetic
Sardo 20 11 Biabiany
Frey 21 18 Erkin
Parigini 27 21 Santon
Pellissier 31 27 Gnoukouri
Costa 36 44 Perisic
Jallow 95 77 Brozovic
De Paoli 97 94 Yao

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